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Do Not Go Through It, Grow Through It

Therefore, we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So, we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. (2 Corinthians 4:16-18)

Approximately a month ago I received a pain relief injection in my right shoulder and several hours later pain returned with a vengeance and gradually intensified over days.

A couple of days ago, I had an afternoon appointment with the shoulder surgeon and was told I had reached maximum medical improvement (MMI). He stated there was nothing more medically that would help me.

On the morning of my appointment, I endured the most excruciating right shoulder pain since my accident thirteen years ago. All I could do was ask Jesus to help me bear it. I focused on work instead of the pain and several hours later God numbed the pain.

Apostle Paul’s thorn in the flesh did not stop him from walking in his God given purpose, and neither will mine. Psalm 55:22 tells us to cast our cares on the Lord and He will sustain us; He will never let the righteous be shaken.

Even though my chronic pain is real, and I have also reached MMI in both wrists/hands; and have MRIs ordered for my neck/back, and a CT scan due to post-concussion syndrome symptoms my faith will not be shaken.

Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from Him. Truly He is my rock and my salvation; He is my fortress; I will not be shaken. My salvation and my honor depend on God; He is my mighty rock, my refuge. Trust in Him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to Him, for God is our refuge. (Psalm 62:5-8)

Instead of going through it, I am growing through it. I have no doubt we all hate experiencing pain and suffering, but pain changes people in various ways. It can make or break us but hopefully it makes us stronger to remain steadfast in the faith. What happens to our body when we start an exercise program? It hurts while simultaneously strengthening it.

FINAL THOUGHT

I will not be moved or shaken from the arms of my God! How can your situation help you be more like Christ while walking on your spiritual journey, or to encourage someone who is not as strong in the faith?

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Christian Blogger, Wife, Mother and Grandmother

30 thoughts on “Do Not Go Through It, Grow Through It

    1. You are welcome. Amen for His faithfulness and divine healing. Have a wonderful day/night and remain safe, Georgetta.

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    2. Georgetta, it my please to share my testimonies and give all honor to God for His faithfulness and divine healing hands even if it is for a short period.; it is still a blessing and testimony. I hope all is well with you. Have a wonderful day/night and remain safe my sister.

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      1. Yes, Father is our help and He us truly faithful to us.

        I am studying Psalm 37, which contrast the righteous from the wicked and how Father takes notice of the faithfulness of the righteous, whereas the wicked will be destroyed. This Psalm gives the reader a picturesque view of the rewards of being a child of God.😇

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      2. Thank you, Georgetta. I read Psalm 37 this week. #likemindintheLord. I might do a blog on this chapter. Have a wonderful day/night and remain safe.

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  1. I love that song. What a beautiful testimony of the strength of our God. He always sees us through. He is right there with us! It is easy to serve Him while we are on the mountain top. Where the rubber meets the road in the valley is such a sweet time. Being in His presence and totally relying on Him just changes us and the experience helps us to emulate with others going through same thing. God can use us in a mighty way. May everything in our lives bring him glory. May we always lift Him high for the world to see.
    Thank you for being so open with your testimony sister. I know it can’t be easy but who knows the purposes of God and how He will use this? His ways are so much higher than ours. I pray He removes the constant pain in your body. We know He can. May His will be done. In Jesus’ name. Amen. Sending love and hugs. YSIC Donna Marie ❤

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    1. Sweet Donna, you are definitely right “He always sees us through and may we always lift Him high for the world to see. I love sharing my testimonies so others can be encouraged, uplifted and edified. When I started blogging in June 2019 as an outlet to encourage others and to be encourage, I had no idea God would virtually connect me with so many like mind people. Always, thank you for your prayers and be safe. Eli is still in my prayers.

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      1. Praise God he was release but sad for him, his mother, you and entire family. Has she taken him to a children’s neurologist? I did that when our now 24 years old son with Autism was four. He spent the name in the hospital, and they monitored his brain activity. It showed him having seizures while asleep. He received short-term treatment, changed his diet and he has not had another. Has he been tested for Autism? The ER doctors are not going to do work up like a pediatric neurologist.

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      2. Yes he sees a children’s neurologist. He sees therapists. He had a stroke while in his mommas tummy and that caused scar tissue and an empty area in his brain. Like no matter where there should be matter. So this will happen unfortunately. Something about the brain waves and them being interrupted. Thank you for sharing about your son. I am glad he got help and is ok now.
        I believe God can do a miracle for Eli. I also know that sometimes He chooses not to. In all things I will praise His holy name. God is good. He is loving and merciful. I pray His will is done. I speak the name of Jesus over Eli. Jesus Jesus Jesus please help Your children. Help Tangie too with her health. We need You Lord Jesus.

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      3. Wow! “He had a stroke while in his momma’s tummy and that caused scar tissue and an empty area in his brain.” I agree with you “I also know that sometimes He chooses not to. In all things I will praise His holy name. God is good. He is loving and merciful. I pray His will is done.” Thank you for keeping me in prayer and I know He might not choose to heal me but continue to sustain me so I can testify about His grace and mercy during our life’s storms.

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  2. Sister Tangie,
    Thanks for sharing your story. God is forever faithful despite our troubles and trials and pains. I continue to be inspired and uplifted by your strength. You are in my prayers. Much love, hugs and abundant blessings!

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    1. Hello Elise, my sister. You are so welcome. Amen “God is forever faithful despite our troubles and trials and pains.” I am thankful to God that my life’s stories uplift and inspire you. This is one of several reasons why I am not ashamed to share my faith and my testimonies. Much love and appreciation to you for all you do for our Lord. Love, hugs and blessings to you. Be safe.

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  3. Dearest Tangie your post was so very uplifting this morning. I too have you in my prayers and just said a special prayer for you. I want you to know that I am so sorry that you are suffering so much from all your injuries. I too as you know, have suffered with chronic pain for years. I love the story about Paul and God’s answer. I am glad God answered your prayer and numbed your pain. Thank you God for putting Tangie in your arms and numbing her pain Lord, we continue to lift her up and ask you to help her bear this burden. We give you all the glory and honor for all our blessings Heavenly Father for all good things for you are the Author and the Finisher of our faith. Amen. Blessings to you my friend. 🙏🙏🙏❤️

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    1. Hello Sweet Joni, thank you very much for the prayer and encouraging words. I will keep you in prayer as well and be safe. Blessings my friend.

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      1. 🙂 Prayers are great gifts and I thank you for yours, too. 🙂 Have a beautiful week and feel better. 🙂 ❤
        Shalom,
        Chaya חיה

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  4. A thought from a Sister in Christ who recently went through a serious bout with cancer (she offered me this wisdom after my recent brush with sepsis) – I kept asking, “What does God want me to learn from this? I don’t understand,” and she said, “Your travails aren’t necessarily always about you. God is watching over everyone at once. It could be others who are learning from your affliction.” That made me think of Job … who didn’t personally deserve or need the troubles he experienced (God Himself said so), but whose troubles and afflictions have provided an important lesson for thousand of years and millions of people worldwide.

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    1. Concur with this inspiring comment. “Your travails aren’t necessarily always about you. God is watching over everyone at once. It could be others who are learning from your affliction.” This is why I was inspired to blog. Have a great day/night and remain safe.

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    1. Thank you for reading and commenting. It has been a journey which I could not imagine without God sustaining me. Have a wonderful day/night and remain safe.

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